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Re: insect problem

well, Auralie, I had a curry plant for several years and didn't have
that problem, but I can't keep H. petiolatum (sp?) because it's
plagued by some durn leaf minor who does about the same thing to it -
sort of wraps the leaves in webbing while eating them from the inside
out; you end up with a blackish mess which rather reduces the
decorative value of the plant.  Once knew what the insect's name was,
but do not now recall.  

I expect your re-occurring problem is because whoever the insect is
laid a bunch of eggs that are hatching at different intervals and
what you're seeing are the larva as they get big enough to see. 
Sounds like you're beginning to take care of it if the numbers are
reducing...just keep cutting them off and disposing of them.  

You might try BT on it or Safer's - those are very benign.  Probably
Safers has a better chance of hitting those guys at a smaller stage
as BT doesn't affect larvae who are not real caterpillars.

Even with no extra fertilizer, curry plant should leaf out again; not
a heavy feeder - it doesn't mind getting little haircuts regularly. 
I'd put it back in sun, tho' - as I recall it wants sun.  Mine lived
in a pot for several years until it got too woody - kept it inside
during winter as it's not hardy.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> From the Teatown Nature Center's plant sale this spring my DH
brought me a
> nice little plant that had caught his eye - the tag said "Curry
Plant" and in 
> fine
> print Helichrysum angustifolium.  I potted it up in a nice blue pot
and it 
> began
> to grow rapidly into  pretty accent in my container garden.  Then
about a week
> ago I noticed that the tips seemed to be wilted.  On looking closer
I found 
> that
> each growing tip, of which there were many, seemed to be wrapped in
a web.
> Further inspection found half-inch-long black worms inside the
webs.  The 
> foliage did not appear eaten - just wrapped in webs.  I carefully
cut out 
> every
> one I could find and isolated the plant in a shady place, gave it
> fertilizer
> and hoped for the best.  Within a couple of days it was putting out
new growth
> and again looking good.  Then another couple of days the webs
> again.  Same routine.  This morning I found another web in the
plant - but
> so far only one.  Nothing like this has appeared on any other plant
in a 
> rather large massed planting.  Slugs are doing bad things, and
> but nothing like these worm webs.  I don't like to use any
> because of the large number of birds and chipmunks, to say nothing
> my cats, that frequent the area.  Do any of you knowledgable people
> what this is?  Is it something specific to Helichrysum?  Other
plants from
> the same plant sale show no signs of this.  I hate to just throw
the plant 
> out, but maybe I should cut my losses before it spreads to other
> Auralie 
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